Diamond in the Forest Episode 17 & 18

( EPISODE 17 )
Story written by AMAH
Nike knew it was time to start
executing her plans, she
checked the content in her
hand again and nodded to
herself, Nike wrap it up into a
paper and hide it within her
cloth, she started talking to
herself quietly
“I must become the next queen
of this kingdom…whatever it
will take me but I must be the
next queen of this kingdom
and Iyami has said that there
are two obstacle to achieving
my aim…Remi and the Oba
himself and she is right, if the
Oba remains in power for so
long the prince can not rule, he
has to die or step down for the
prince to take over the
kingship…if the Oba is off from
the seat of power then I can
focus on the prince…I thank the
gods I have access now to the
Oba eating room, since I’m a
personal maiden to the Queen
mother I can sneak into the
Oba’s eating room and drop
the content in his food and
sneak back out before he
comes in to eat…let me first of
all observe movement and
know how to go about my
plan…power must change
hand…I must become the next
queen by fire or force but
whatever that must happen for
it to come to reality I will make
sure it happens…I will tell Leja
about my plans in taking the
oba off the throne so that
Omaoba can take up the seat
of power and with time he will
fall for me and marry me and I
will become the next Queen…
oh how interesting it will be if
all my plans works out…first of
all I have something else to do
to that fool called Remi…Iyami
will take care of Remi’s mother,
Leja will have to make sure the
prince gets drunk and I must
watch movement around the
Oba’s eating room and know
how to start up….hahahaha…
my enemies are in hot soup…
they are in serious trouble…
The princess was walking
around with Remi, she told
Remi not to stress herself in
doing most of her chores again
because of her condition, and
there were other maiden
attending to the princess so
that Remi can have much time
to rest.
“I’m sorry that I couldn’t
convince my brother…I told
you he can be difficult
sometimes and I wish he will
believe you and take you as his
wife, you are worthy of the
title and I will be so please to
have you sit right next to my
brother as his wife and the
future Queen of this great
kingdom, no one else deserve
such title as you are…
“I’m not asking him to marry
me all I wanted was for him to
know that the pregnancy
belong to him and not to Leja
as he claims…but we tried and
you also tried your best to
convince him it did not end
well, so let’s leave the rest for
the gods…thank you for
speaking up for me princess…
“yes, let us leave all for the
gods…I silently pray that my
brother will do the right
thing…I and Tunde will be
married if the gods pleases and
I will give birth to both male
and female… I will teach my
children never to run away
from a mistake or to deny a
fault rather they have to be
strong and take responsibility
for their every action, I will
instill this teaching on every
male child given to us by the
gods…they will have to be
humble, respectful and never
to sweep a wrong under the
carpet…Remi, I can’t wait to
get marry to Tunde…and start
a family with him…aaah…
Tunde will make a good
husband and a great father…I
can feel it…I love him…I have
this funny feeling anytime he
comes around…and I feel shy
when he looks at me or hold
my hands…sometimes I wish
he will stay all day but he still
have to go…I just wish he will
hurry up with the traditions
and marry me so that we can
be together for ever…
“Yes he will…and is obvious
that he loves you too…your
marriage will happen after all
preparation is done which will
start next week…just a little
patient my princess and your
marriage with Tunde will
happen soon and you can start
a family with him…
“I’m happy to hear you say
that…sorry if I’m acting stupid
right now…I’m just love
struck…after everything is done
and marriage ceremony is over
you will be free to go home
except if the Queen mother
decide to keep you, and I know
very soon the Queen will find
out that you are pregnant,
don’t be scared my mother is
very understanding and loving,
she may not be please you got
pregnant this way…just like
every mother but she is very
understanding… wherever you
are make sure you visit me
sometimes when I finally settle
with Tunde…and I will also be
coming around to visit too…the
Oba and the queen will be so
happy to have grand children…
and I can’t wait to give them
that…I wish my brother took
responsibility of your
pregnancy, you would have
being the first to give them a
grandchild it would have been
so good…having you as a sister
in-law will be great don’t you
“haa….that will be too much to
ask from the gods…being a
commoner doesn’t give me any
chance to compete with the
royal maiden of this land who
your brother the Prince maybe
interested in, but…I will take
that as a compliment my
princess, it doesn’t matter if I
bear my child without a
father…I will bring him or her
up in the right way and just
like you said earlier…I will
teach my child never to sweep
a wrong under a carpet but
rather take responsibility for
every action.
The prince walk round his
chamber and Leja came in with
drink and served him which he
has already mixed with the
grinded leaf that Nike gave
him, he put just a little since is
just to weaken the prince.
“I can see you are so tensed
today my prince…take some
drink so that you will feel good
again…there is an adage that
says alcohol makes you see
better and forgets your
sorrow…Omooba drink up so
that you will feel at ease…
As the prince drank the third
cup as Leja continued to fill his
cup whenever it gets empty, he
told Leja he doesn’t want to
get drunk so he shouldn’t pour
much drink for him again but
Leja kept on filling in, he
wanted to get the prince drunk
so that he can sneak in Nike
into his chamber and in that
way the prince can lay with
her, just like he did with Remi,
and he has being waiting for
the time or day when the
prince will be troubled over
something and he will
convince him into drinking to
stupor, him and Nike need to
start executing their plan so
that they will be able to
achieve their aim, the prince
pause from drinking as he
looked at the filled cup that
Leja just poured for him, the
drink was stronger than his
usual, it taste as if it was mixed
with something, he was
already getting tipsy as he
blink severally but his senses
were intact
“do you want to get me drunk
Leja…the last time I got drunk i
landed into a serious trouble…
and Is same trouble that I’m
trying to get away from…your
woman…Remi bringing your
pregnancy for me to claim it as
mine, you told me the
pregnancy was yours and she
told me so clearly before that I
never touched her, now
suddenly she is claiming I laid
with her, and I can’t even
remember such happening,
Leja you have serve in this
place for so long and that was
why the Oba made you a chief
guard of the whole palace…just
because you are trust worthy,
you have never disappointed
me, you saved me from getting
drown in that river, it may feel
like it was what you suppose
to do for me but I believe you
did it more because you care
about my welfare and
everyone else here, I believed
you when you told me she was
your lover and when you said
that she was carrying your
child, but she came here again
and boldly said…that she was
not afraid of the Oba or me…
she even sent my sister to
come and beg me to accept
her…she said couple of other
things…can you imagine the
madness, so crazy…she is
strong willed and I kind of feel
she has a presence moving
with her…I wonder why she
was trying to blackmail me
with a pregnancy that is totally
yours so that I can settle with
her…that is insane…don’t you
think…and I thought she is a
good maiden…I will certainly
tell the Oba…she will have to
come and repeat herself in the
presence of the Oba…
Leja saw that the drink was
gradually taking effect, he was
waiting for him to drink up the
last one in the cup so that he
can pour another for him, he
was happy that he added little
of the grinded leaf that Nike
gave him, it will weaken the
prince and makes him sleep for
a very long time. he thought
within himself “ if Remi can not
be mine she will never be
yours too, I will not only
poison your mind towards her
I will also make you lay with
Niki and that is where your
down fall will start… for
picking interest in the woman I
first met, defiling her and
getting her in with a child that
was suppose to be mine…
“My prince, Remi is a liar and a
cheat, don’t ever listen to
anything she says, her sister
Nike is better off than her, her
sister is sincere and truthful,
but Remi is after the wealth of
the palace and after you, she is
carrying my child and claiming
that is yours…that is not good
at all…knowing well that you
did not even touch her…Remi is
not to be trusted, she is not
what she think she is…very
dangerous maiden
The prince drank off the last
shot and Leja poured in
another one, Leja tried to
poison his mind the more and
he drank another cup before
standing up, he told Leja that
his head was pounding, that
there was something else in
the drink that weakens him at
every cup he takes, Leja asked
him to lie down and he did.
Leja waited for him to sleep off
before going to Nike, he
waited for darkness to come
before sneaking Nike into the
Prince chamber.
Iya Remi checked her food that
she was cooking at the
backyard that night, she stirred
it properly before going back
inside with her oil lamp
It was the opportunity that Iya
Nike who has being waiting
patiently for her to leave the
pot of food and go away, she
tip toed quietly towards the
fire place with the wrapped
content in her hand.
It was time, her mind was
made up on this, and there was
no going back. She needed to
be fast before Iya Remi will
return to the pot
Iya Nike was happy for the tick
darkness that covers up the
whole place and her cloth was
also black, she will not be
easily seen.
Dami, Remi’s brother was
coming from another side of
the back yard but Nike’s
mother did not see him
because his cloth was not
he was quietly coming towards
Iya Nike’s ( Nike's Mother) direction.

Episode 18.
Dami noticed a movement in the dark and stopped to ascertain what he was really seeing and just then Iya Nike moved again and Dami started screaming, calling his mother that a ghost is in their backyard and moving towards their fire place.
Iya Nike was shock as she hard Dami’s scream, the content in her hand fell off and she quickly bend down to pick it, she stood at a spot as iya Remi ran out with speed immediately she hard her son’s scream.
With the help of the oil lamp in her hand she saw that it was Iya Nike, she was surprise, she wonder what iya Nike was doing in her backyard close to her fire place where she was cooking night food after a long day in the market
Is being a very long time since iya Nike crossed to her backyard, she has being keeping malice with her and do not even respond to her greetings ever since Remi beat her and Nike up after they set trap in their front door.
Iya Remi saw that she was in a black wrapper which made Dami to think she is a ghost, she wondered why she was in black, who could she be mourning
“Iya Nike…ooh is you… what happened… you got Dami scared…
“,Uhmmm my senior wife… don’t mind me jare…I was coming to… to ask you for Something…I know we have being having this continues misunderstanding for a very long time… and is not good and I’m really tired with the constant fighting and quarreling…I just wanted to say let’s stop all this fighting and start living as one family… you are my senior wife and despite our husband is late that is not enough reason to be fighting each other all the time..he won’t be happy in the grave…so I thought you will be cooking at the backyard as usual because I know you came back late from the market…so I decided to come and see you here, I wanted to sit and talk with you that was why I did not go through the front door, I did not even know that you are inside..I was just coming and Dami started screaming…
Iya Remi was shock to hear iya Nike say all that and even call her “senior wife” iya Nike has never called her that before, respect or talk in this manner ever since their husband died, she sounded so remorseful and convincing.
iya Remi was so happy that iya Nike has finally come to her senses
She silently thanked the gods because she was tired of the constant misunderstanding between them every time
Iya Remi offered her a seat and she sat down as they talk some more and even laugh, she offered her some of her food but iya Nike said that she just finish eating not too long before coming to meet her.
Iya Nike later left as iya Remi bid her good night,
As they entered inside Dami began to talk to his mother
“Maami…I saw her moving towards the pot of food that was on fire… she is probably up to something and I felt goose bombs all over when I saw her… she smells of terror… maami you have to be careful… me…I don’t feel comfortable with this her sudden friendship…that woman is always filled with trouble..
She can’t suddenly change… just like that…
“Gbe neu sun (keep quiet) what do you even know, don’t you know that people change, you are suppose to be happy that the gods has finally turned her around, iya Nike is very sincere and she was real and I am so happy… finally the gods has brought back peace and unity in our home…
Nike kept trying to get the prince to touch her but it wasn’t working out, she put off his clothes and left only his undies, she also off her own cloth and climb on top of the prince with her naked body, trying to do everything possible so that he will have an erection but the prince was in a deep sleep because of the mix drink that Leja gave him and he couldn’t move.
He mumbled something in his sleep and repeated it twice,
Nike stared at him and was seriously wishing she will belong to the prince, as he mumbled again she placed her ear to his mouth to hear what he was saying and was shock when the prince mentioned a name that sounds like “Remi” Nike got angry and slap the prince in his manhood making him to suddenly shake and he came awake.
The prince was awake and blink severally to be sure of what was happening
Nike was scared as the prince awaken, the prince wasn’t suppose to wake up so soon, it was too early, is either Leja did not mix the drink well or the prince did not take enough doze, she started regretting slapping his sensitive part, which might have hurt him and made him to wake up.
Nike began to think of what she was going to do, she was naked she jumped down from the bed but did not bother dressing up, she wanted the prince to see her naked maybe in that way he will be move to lay with her
The prince swore under his breath and sat up from the bed, he was confuse and wondered why Nike was not only naked in his chamber but him too was half dressed also, only in his undies, he swore again before checking himself, he took a wrapper to wrap up himself before standing up.
“Wha…what…in the gods name are you doing in my chamber… who are you…wait.. you are Remi’s sister…so why are you naked… whaaaat are you doing here and how do my cloths gets off from my body…I remember sleeping with my cloths on after the drinks Leja gave me…I remember so clearly sleeping in cloths how come… did you touch my…what is happening…why I’m I feeling this pain under… what is going on…will you cover up immediately because your nakedness disgust me…is irritating how you stand there comfortably without your cloths on…. how do you get into my chamber…why are you here… by this time of the night… start talking before I call the guards, they will have to come and explain how you got in here… answer me quick…
Nike saw that the game has changed, she stammered as she quickly thought of what to say, she grabbed her cloth and wore back as the prince wait for her to explain
“Omooba.. imabinu..moro Leja si won.. (i’m sorry my prince you asked Leja to send for me) when I came you laid with me, you made love to me my prince and you said you love me while you were on it …that is why I’m naked…
“Shut… shut up… who sent for you and did you say I… omooba laid with you…me…wait…do you say I laid with who…hahahaha…this is so interesting…go and fetch me Leja… immediately… all of you will have alot to explain…get out of my face, out of my chamber…now..
Nike ran out immediately the prince was pacing the room angrily and swearing under his breath, something was not right and he will have to know what exactly is going on.
Dami walked into his grandma’s kitchen with the fire wood, after setting up the fire he placed a pot of water for his grandmother’s evening bath before coming to join her outside where she was peeling melon
“I sent a message to your mother two days ago… you didn’t deliver it to her…I guess…
“I did…but maami said she is too busy… she said there is no time to see you but she will come once she is a little free…iya.. she have being so occupied with the fufu business…I must say and comes back late at night…
“Hmmm…I understand, I wish she could spare just a little time to come and spend with me… everything in life is not all about being busy and making money… she enjoy going to the market and talking with other women, your mother will rather send you or your elder sister down than to come here herself.. she was all that the gods used to clean my tears from my years of childlessness, she is my only child and the gods blessed me even more with you and your sister through her, you know sometimes all I want is to spend time with your mother but she has a mind of her own since when she was a little girl.. she looked hardened yet so soft, an easy prey for her enemies…I plead to the gods to keep her away from the trouble I see lurking around…
“Iya, do you know that Yesterday…I saw iya Nike in our backyard, I was coming from the outhouse and was so scared when I saw her snooping around our fire place, covered up in a black cloth… she was upto something…I screamed in shock not knowing she was the one and maami ran outside and iya Nike said she was only there for peace meeting, she told maami that she wanted them to drop their differences and embrace peace..maami believed her but I don’t…iya Nike talking about peace…is a lie… she is probably upto something iya…
“You maybe right…a fowl does not run in the night, is either pursuing something or something is pursuing it…but it does not run in vain….your mother needs to be careful if she really want to live long and escape all hidden traps… she have to be wise.. she is too soft… she should shield herself and you from future mishap…iya Nike is up to no good…omo mi..jowo… go and put fire in that pot of water so that I can warm the ifo eriro soup I made yesterday and put some for you to eat before you go…I still have enough fufu from the last one you brought…
Dami went into the kitchen and checked the water, after bringing it down he quickly placed the pot of soup on fire.
He love eating his grandma’s food, it always have a special taste.

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